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How often should to service your car? (Improved performance, safety etc.)

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How often should to service your car? (Improved performance, safety etc.)

Posted on Friday, 18 April 2014. Posted in Chelmsford Autos Blog

A regular car service is vital to keep your car running well. Car servicing has many benefits but the most important reason to service a car is to extend the life of all components; it costs a lot more to replace a broken part than it does to take good care of it.

Every car comes with a recommended service interval which should be stated in your owner’s manual. Car manufacturers generally advise to service a car after a set number of miles. For example, Vauxhall recommend that a Corsa is serviced every 20,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.

If you drive your car hard, i.e. accelerate quickly and are heavy on the brakes, you should get it serviced more often, even if just for an oil and filter change.

The minimum recommendation is to service your car once per year. The best time is to service it at the same time you have your MOT check. If you use your car for business, or just drive a lot more than average, then every six months may be more appropriate.

Failing to service a new car can void a warranty, so it is vital to remember to always service a new car. Just because an MOT is not required for the first three years does not mean that it does not need servicing.

As well as reducing the wear and tear on components, regular servicing makes a car run more efficiently and ensures that you are safer on the road. A well serviced car benefits from improved performance; if you have invested in a high performance car you should have it serviced on a regular basis to ensure that you are always getting the most out of it.

There really is no limit to how often you can service a car. Some car enthusiasts will carry out a minor service their cars every two thousand miles, just to make sure the car is capable of reaching optimum performance at all times.

We are happy to discuss your servicing needs with you. Either call us on 01245 475050, complete this form, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or just pop in to the garage to learn more.

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